Field Hockey Advances To NCAA Semifinals With 6-0 Win Over Syracuse

Nov. 11, 2001

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Senior forward Caroline Walter (Reilingen, Germany) continued her postseason hot streak with her first hat trick of 2001 as the Maryland field hockey squad (19-3) downed Syracuse, 6-0, to advance to the NCAA semifinals for the third straight season. The Terrapins take on ACC-rival Wake Forest in a rematch of last weekend's conference championship on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. in the 2001 NCAA Field Hockey Championship round in Kent, Ohio.

Junior Carissa Messimer (Mountaintop, Pa.) scored a goal and dished out three assists on the day, keeping her playoff momentum going strong. With seven helpers through the First and Second Round games, Messimer has already tied the all-time tournament record for individual assists.

The Terps got their offense going early, pounding the Syracuse (16-4) cage with 28 shots in the first half on their way to a 38-1 advantage. Orange netminder Audrey Latsko was tremendous with 16 stops in the opening period. She finished with 21, which ties for sixth greatest NCAA single-game save total.

Walter notched the first two goals of the match and the Terps fed off her momentum. With a score on a rebound and then on a penalty corner, the Terp offense followed in suit. Forward Angie Klingerman (Bloomsburg, Pa.) tipped in Messimer's second assist of the day to give Maryland a 3-0 halftime lead.

Redshirt freshman Sara Silvetti (Wapwallopen, Pa.) banged in her second corner shot in two days to open the second-period scoring, from Messimer and stickstop Autumn Welsh (Macungie, Pa.). Welsh chipped in two assists and led the Terp defense to its 11th season shutout.

Walter netted her third goal of the game and fifth in two days with a looping sweep of a Megan Kelly (Gaithersburg, Md.) rebounded shot. The two-time All-American and three-time all-conference selection has tallied five goals in the last two games after scoring five goals all season while battling through injury.

Messimer, who scored the Terps sixth goal of the day on a flick, talked about the Terrapins' intensity level after the match.

"I know our team is excited [to be going to the national semifinals]. We're really focused on what we need to do on and off the field and we're doing it," said Messimer. "Everyone is taking initiative and really working hard."

Princeton, victorious over defending national champ Old Dominion, 2-1, and Michigan, 2-1 overtime winners over Michigan State, join the Terps and Demon Deacons as the final four teams.

	               1st  2nd	   Final
No. 2 Maryland (19-3)   3    3	--   6
Syracuse (16-4)		0    0	--   0

GOALS: Maryland - Caroline Walter (un), 23:43 (1st), Walter (Autumn Welsh, Carissa Messimer), 5:11 (1st), Angie Klingerman (Messimer), 2:11 (1st), Sara Silvetti (Welsh, Messimer), 25:32 (2nd), Walter (un), (2nd) 20:37, Messimer (un), 13:26. Syracuse - none. SHOTS: Maryland 38, Syracuse 1. PENALTY CORNERS: Maryland 13, Syracuse 2. CAUTIONS: Maryland - Rachel Hiskins (Green), 30: (1st). Syracuse - Missy Grossman (Green), 12:45 (1st), Becky Kohler (Yellow), 22:11 (2nd). SAVES: Maryland - Ashley Hohnstine (0 saves, 0 goals allowed, 56:34 minutes), Kerry Hearsey (0 saves, 0 goals allowed, 13:26 minutes). Syracuse - Audrey Latsko (21 saves, 6 goals allowed, 56:34 minutes), Betsy Wagner (0 saves, 0 goals allowed, 13:26 minutes). ATTENDANCE: 449.

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